Toshikata: Lady playing the kotoToshikata: Lady playing the koto
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Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)

A noble young lady playing the koto by the light of an andon lantern. In the trompe l'oeil scene "behind" a samurai holding a bowl of green tea sits in front of a window, his sword resting on the floor behind him.

Untitled (Kyokusui)

Seal: Toshikata

Kuchi-e (frontispiece) for the novel "Kyokusui", from the literary magazine "Bungei Kurabu".

Publisher: Hakubunkan, Tokyo

Date: Meiji 32 (1899)

Size: Horizontal Aiban, 22.3 x 30.5 cm (overall)

Excellent impression and colours, with lustre printing. A few weak creases and folds and two vertical folds, as typical with kuchi-e. Overall very good condition.

Cf. National Library of Australia, Digital Collection, Clough Collection of kuchie, No. 5744803. Literature: Helen Merritt / Nanako Yamada, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints, Honolulu 2000.

€ 185,-

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